Kuching restaurants

Top Choice Malaysian in Kuching


This elegant restaurant, 2km southeast of Old Chinatown, was the first to treat Dayak home cooking as true cuisine. Classically trained in a Western style, the chef uses traditional recipes, many of them Iban (a few…
Top Choice Malaysian in Kuching


Organic and free-range ingredients feature at this buzzy restaurant showcasing the cuisine of Sarawak's indigenous Iban and Bidayuh people. The open kitchen encourages a breezy informality, as loyal Kuching locals a…
Top Choice Seafood in Kuching

Top Spot Food Court

A perennial favourite among local foodies, this neon-lit courtyard and its half-dozen humming seafooderies sits, rather improbably, on the roof of a concrete parking garage – look for the giant backlit lobster sign.…
Top Choice Malaysian in Kuching

Choon Hui

This old-school kopitiam (coffee shop) makes the most delicious laksa in town. There's also a stall here selling excellent popia (a kind of spring roll made with peanuts, radish and carrot; RM3). The place can get c…
Italian in Kuching


Filled to the brim with antiques, this is the middle of a complex of restaurants and bars – each with different names housed in three 1920s shophouses. The Junk has a busy kitchen and the food here is very good. Pas…
International in Kuching


Housed in an old granary that has been renovated with minimalist flair, this breezy restaurant serves up burgers, pizzas and pasta, plus some pricier meat options. Check the specials board and pencil in happy hour (…
Cafe in Kuching


Friendly cats Ginger and Serai (aka 'Lemon Grass') are feline hosts at this cool cafe, while their human underlings serve up excellent nasi lemak (rice boiled in coconut milk), a good selection of beer, cakes and Vi…
Market in Kuching

Siniawan Night Market

Held along the heritage main street of Siniawan – a former mining town established in 1840 – this market is an excellent evening detour from Kuching. Weekends see the town's atmospheric row of 19th-century wooden sh…
Malaysian in Kuching

Maria Kek Lapis

Sells over 40 varieties of kek lapis (a colourful layered cake made with wheat flour, egg, prodigious quantities of butter or margarine, and flavourings such as melon, blueberry or pandan leaves).
Malaysian in Kuching

Fig Tree Cafe

This innovative cafe features Malay-Chinese dishes served with flair and enthusiasm. There are plenty of vegetarian choices, and vegan options are available. The adventurous should try the lui cha (rice and vegetabl…